Who are you? Tell us a little about yourselves.
Kelly: I grew up here with coquina in my hair. I work as a photographer. Lately I’ve been running a fine art print studio that I’m hoping to turn into a gallery space and local art resource.
DL: I grew up in the northeast now live here. I’m a songwriter and a terrible cook.
How did you two meet and become roommates?
Kelly: We met through St. Augustine’s ultimate friendship ambassador, Ty Williams. I think he coaxed DL down from NY with the promise of playful sand bars, cold beers and fish sandwiches. I think he also pulled the “Tom Petty once had a beach house here” card. He’s been a nice sonic addition to the region and it’s been a genuine pleasure to hear him put together his new round of songs.
DL: I’ve been here for about a year now. I was looking for a temporary escape from New York and Ty invited me to hang and write in his garage studio for a few months. Like Kelly said, I got hooked and eventually let go of my spot in Brooklyn. I had met Kelly a couple times and thought he was this super cool, eccentric local legend… I think Ty and Kelly had some “beef” and I was the catalyst for their getting over it. Anyways, I had left Ty’s garage and was actively looking for a new spot, Kelly found this amazing house.
What are your favorite parts about Florida, St. Augustine, and the area in which you live?
Kelly: A quick list: fishing pier concession stands, biker bars with questionable swimming pools, art deco motels doubling as emporiums of sketch, datil peppers/ square groupers, derelict sailboats and the oddly brilliant people who sometimes inhabit them.
Florida gets a bad rap sometimes. What would you want more people to know about Florida?
Kelly: It’s as bad as you want it to be, but mostly in a good way. In seriousness, I’m not sure if I could live in Florida if it weren’t for Saint Augustine. It can be very humid. Pack sandals, forget underwear.
DL: I’d like to visit more springs. I didn’t learn until I got here that there are hundreds of incredibly blue freshwater springs with all types of wildlife and cave systems etc. that run through FL.
Where are your favorite places to surf around here?
Kelly: Blowhole circa ’78, Middles circa ’93, Vilano when it makes its mind up, Southside Matanzas when it does its quasi-sand point thing, and the beach streets when I’m feeling lazy.
DL: I prefer Vilano to the island, it’s got a nice vibe to it. Also, down by Matanzas — so long as the sharks are on holiday.